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Library features Playaways for children, lighthouses and more

By Staff | Jun 17, 2020

PHOTO PROVIDED Ethan and Ella Lian with their Summer Reading achievement certificates.

Something new is in the Children’s Area at the Sanibel Public Library – with a gift from Hans and Leslie Fleischer, the library has added learning tablets, audiobooks, and audio-enhanced books.

Launchpad, Playaway’s learning tablet, features high quality, ad-free educational games for preschoolers through third-graders. It lets children design a personal avatar and choose an adventure they are most interested in. From math and monkeys to science and superheroes, every tablet is preloaded with different topics, so children will have a new experience with each Launchpad they borrow. The tablets are 100 percent secure, ensuring that children will not be exposed to unintended content, and the amount of playing time on the tablet can be monitored.

The six Playaway audiobooks, including “Dear Sweet Pea” by Julie Murphy, can be checked out with or without a print version of the book to read along as you listen. Also, six Wonderbooks were added to the library’s audio-enhanced book collection. The books will read aloud to the young listener and can even be adjusted to ask the listener comprehension questions. Children are given cues to turn the page at a specified sound. Titles include “We Are Grateful” by Tracy Sorell and “Little Blue Truck” by Alice Schertle.

Families with children age “baby to 18” can register for the 2020 Summer Reading Program via Beanstack at sanlib.beanstack.org/reader365. Beanstack is a free user-friendly app for PCs and Apple and Android devices. It also sends readers a weekly email or text message recommending books based on the reader’s age and interests. Participants of the program can come to the library to pick up their registration gift, add their name to the bricks on the “castle wall,” and choose books earned.

As in years past, participants can read to earn books for their home library and for patients at the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. For every two hours of reading, the Sanibel Public Library Foundation matches each book “earned” with a book for patients at the hospital. Since its inception in 2012, participants have helped to contribute close to 10,000 books. The Summer Reading Program is funded in part by a grant from the Sanibel Public Library Foundation’s Joan Hunt Cory Children’s Fund. The fund was established in 2008 to honor longtime library volunteer and supporter Joan Hunt Cory, who was a 20-year Sanibel resident.

PHOTO PROVIDED Youth Service Librarian Deanna Evans reads stories aloud online.

In addition, the following weekly youth programs have moved online:

– A “Storytime with Ms. Deanna” video, featuring Youth Service Librarian Deanna Evans, will be posted on the library’s youth page during the summer, replaced each week by a new story read aloud.

– “Baby Storytime Bounce” videos will be available on the library’s youth page. It is a fun session to help to build motor and literacy skills through stories, song and movement.

– “Page Turner Adventures” will have programming every weekday from 1 to 4 p.m. on the library’s youth page. It will include comedy story theater shows, crafts, recipes, author interviews, guest performers, contests and games.

For more information, visit sanlib.org/children.

PHOTO PROVIDED Ken Burgener uses the Sanibel Public Library's contact-less curbside pickup.

Phase one reopening precautions are in place to help protect staff and patrons from COVID-19. Safety and sanitation procedures consistent with the CDC and Florida Department of Health guidelines have been implemented. Signs are posted to remind ages 2 and older to wear face coverings, practice social distancing, wash hands and stay home if sick.

Patrons will have access to the full collection of books, DVDs and newspapers, as well as high-speed WiFi and public computers. Contact-less curbside service will continue; call or go online to place a hold, and you will be notified when items are ready. At this time, there are no overdue fines assessed.

The library is selling all paperbacks buy one, get one free.

Stop by to see lighthouse models, dolls, ornaments and other memorabilia on display.

Library cards are available to residents of Sanibel and Lee County at no charge.

PHOTO PROVIDED Lighthouses on display at the Sanibel Public Library.

Visitor library cards are available for a $10 annual fee.

The Sanibel Public Library is open Mondays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The library will be closed on July 3 in observance of Independence Day.

For more information, call 239-472-2483 or visit online at www.sanlib.org.

The Sanibel Public Library is at 770 Dunlop Road.